Darts: a game where participants compete with one another by throwing small arrow like devices at a target that is round and has numbers and sections and an inner bull with an outer bull and so on. Darts now refer to the standard game with a specific bristle board design and a set of rules. Rules that are general to the game and rules that govern games like, “501,” “301,” and “Cricket.”

Darts is a traditional pub game that was and is commonly played in the United Kingdom as well as other places in Europe and across the pond here in the America’s.

Wikipedia tells hits history in a terse form, i.e., “The dartboard may have its origins in the cross-section of a tree. An old name for a dartboard is "butt"; the word comes from the French word but, meaning "target". In particular, the Yorkshire and Manchester Log End boards differ from the standard board in that they have no treble, only double and bullseye, the Manchester board being of a smaller diameter, with a playing area of only 25 cm across with double and bull areas measuring just 4 mm. The London Fives board is another variation. This has only 12 equal segments numbered 20, 5, 15, 10, 20, 5, 15, 10, 20, 5, 15, 10 with the doubles and triples being a quarter of an inch wide.”

There have been a variety of darts created over the years but the most common today is the tungsten dart. There are electronic darts but for this blog and for my efforts in tossing darts I remain a steel dart fan and enthusiast. I am recommending a book for novice darters but only because it appealed to me and my studies and rest assured most of the dart books out there are outstanding. In short, find one if this one does not fit your needs and get it. I can tell you when I started to play over twenty years ago, before I laid down my darts in 96, I tossed darts for several years without knowing some very important and critical mechanics, etc., of the dart game. As I take up once again my steel darts I have found a fountain of information to help make the game both enjoyable and competitive. Enjoy, diddle for the middle and let the darts fly!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Finding Your Throw

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As one might understand better this relates to the golf philosophy of ‘finding your swing’. As with professional tours of the world one must know their swing, own their swing and can work out any kinks in their swing and in the dart arts this is the same, ‘one must know their throw, own their throw and must be able to work out any flaws in their throw’. 

The dartist must know what makes their throw tick. It is a personal thing that must be mastered by the self for no others can throw darts for you and not dart guru can teach you anything other than fundamental principles behind throwing darts. To achieve mastery one must find their throw and then practice the throw until it becomes a ‘primal conditioned response’. You can look to gimmicks, you can achieve fitness, feed your body nutritious food, stretch and visualize, mental work, and practice a throw but to consistently throw darts well takes something else.

Others can show you everything you need to know, to mentor one to throw good darts but it is you, the individual, who must find your throw and then use it, practice it, apply it and gain experience through your throw. It is about developing instincts and understandings in the dart throw. You must develop the feel for your throw. You have to apply physiokinetics along with technique but you cannot lose sight of theories and philosophical esoterica that attribute and contribute to the best personal dart throw. 

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